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E-275 - Sunday, June 2, 2019


  • Political Breakdown Podcast (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos at KQED): Identity politics with Tonya Mosley, host of new KQED podcast Truth be Told (05/23/19)
  • The California Nation Podcast (Bryan Anderson and Hannah Wiley @ SacBee): ‘Be ambitious': California Democrats see Gavin Newsom as a sign to move further left (05/23/19)
  • SacTownTalks by The Nooner (Gibran Maciel and Scott Lay): What a Week! (05/18/19) [Simplecast | iTunes] - YouTube coming around 05/30
  • Gimme Shelter Podcast (Matt Levin @ CALmatters and Liam Dillon at LAT):  What happened to SB 50 and interview with Brian Hanlon, president of California YIMBY (05/17/19)

SacTown Talks by The Nooner


  • CDP convention 
  • Newsom on vaccinations bill
  • Guns
  • SD01 (Northeast Cal.)
  • Charter schools scam
  • LA-LA Land 
  • Presidential politics

SEEN ON SUNDAY TEEVEE: This Week: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank)

Well, hello there! Summer is here! 

Lee Anne, Leah, and Emil who just renewed--thank you and send me your email addresses!

Los Angeles County Labor Fed president Rusty Hicks won election as chair of the California Democratic Party yesterday. With seven candidates, the surprise was that he won on the first ballot. Hicks, a graduate of Austin College and Loyola Law School, was previously Political Director for the Labor Fed and is an Afghanistan war veteran. He received 57% of the vote. Acting chair Alex Rooker, who did not run for the chair position, returns to the role of first vice chair until 2021. 

Candidate (ballot order)



Ramirez, Rita



Hicks, Rusty



Larimore-Hall, Daraka



Katz-Lacabe, Mike



Ellis, Kimberly



Saifie, Mike



Albert, Lenore



Total Votes



Ellis narrowly lost to Eric Bauman in 2017 but Hicks had the labor support that Bauman had then but also worked hard to court activists in every corner of the state. Hicks had the following statement:

"Everyone, including me, thought that with seven candidates running for Party Chair that the race would result in a runoff. I am humbled by the outcome. I applaud the other six candidates. I got to hear them and know them as we all campaigned over the last four months. I believe that the positive nature of our respective campaigns has been and will prove to be a positive step to a bigger, better, stronger Democratic Party. Let’s get to work."

Candidate Lenore Albert wrote:

"Today's overwhelming support for Rusty Hicks as the new incoming Chair of the California Democratic party was the will of the delegation with over 3,100 delegates voting.

Peacefully abiding by the will of the majority during this transfer of power is a founding principle of our country."

Kimberly Ellis, who never conceded the 2017 race and alleged cheating, tweets a different tone this morning:

"First, a heartfelt thank you to the delegates for their support and I extend my congratulations to our new Chairman Hicks. Party politics is always going to be tough and often disappointing, but great change is never easy."

Daraka Larimore-Hall also had a congratulatory message for Hicks, but it's an image and I am too lazy to type it out.

In 2017, the race for chair was really a proxy fight following the Clinton v. Sanders 2016 race and the single-payer fight over SB 562. This year was more about party organization and, while a contested race, delegates I've talked to overnight seem content. That's a very different atmosphere than 2017.

For KQED, Marisa Lagos reports on the rallying that took place at the Women's Caucus.

KAMALA: At the event for liberal candidates, Kamala Harris's mic was grabbed by an animal rights activist.

VAXX: Hannah Wiley and Sophia Bollag report that Governor Gavin Newsom poured water on this year's vaccination bill (SB 276) authored by Dr. Richard Pan. They write "'I'm a parent. I don’t want someone that the governor of California appointed to make a decision for my family,' he told reporters after his speech at the California Democratic Party Convention."

GUNS: Newsom also yesterday called for nationwide background checks for purchases of ammunition.

SD01 (Northeast Cal.): Edison International kicks in $50,000 for Brian Dahle (R) for Tuesday's special general election. Dahle voted for SB 901 last year, while Kevin Kiley took a walk.

CHARTER SCAM: In the SDUT, Mogran Cook and Kristen Taketa write on how an Australian citizen and his partner bilked California taxpayers out of $50 million through fake online charter schools. "Prosecutors say McManus, Schrock and others enrolled thousands of students into online charter schools, often without their knowledge, and collected millions in state funds using student information obtained from private schools and youth athletic groups."

PAYDAY LOANS: For CALmatters, Dan Walters writes that capping interest rates on short-term loans as proposed in AB 539 (Limón) is not the cure for poverty in California. Walters writes:

"The bill is one of dozens of legislative measures that seek to alleviate the effects of California's embarrassingly high poverty. There is, however, not nearly enough political action on poverty at the source – such as building more housing to bring down its cost, getting more kids through high school, improving skills to fill well-paying jobs now going unfilled for a lack of trained workers, and/or making California more attractive to investment in more jobs.

We sometimes lose sight of the well-proven fact that the best anti-poverty program is a good job."

Yeah, we just tried that housing thing. And, at 4.3% unemployment in California, we're essentially at full employment, as discussed on the most recent Planet Money episode.

REPORTING FAIL: Juul Labs reported giving $4,700 to "Change for Senate 2020." Of course, that's Ling Ling Chang and she doesn't want change in SD29 in 2020. 




LA-LA LAND: In the LAT, Howard Blume looks at the debate over Measure EE, the parcel tax on the Los Angeles ballot Tuesday that nobody knows is happening. While the measure was "clarified" after it was placed on the ballot, it's still unclear how the "interior space" square footage will be determined by LA Unified. The only other race on the ballot is the special election for council district 12, which is in the San Fernando Valley. Blume writes

"The tax measure requires two-thirds voter approval and overcoming a 'No on EE' campaign, which argues that L.A. Unified has done far too little to reduce its budget in the face of declining enrollment and warnings about deficit spending from county analysts. There's also criticism over costly promises in a recently approved teachers contract, which provides for pay raises, more nurses and librarians and slightly reduced class sizes."

PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS:  In her speech, Senator Kamala Harris called for the impeachment of President Trump, something that host Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi does not favor.

Christopher Cadelago and Carla Marinucci report for Politico that Bernie Sanders has a more difficult task in courting California Democrats for 2020 than he did in 2016. They write:

"'Last time, Sanders was able to run as the only progressive against an establishment candidate,' said Doug Herman, a California-based Democratic strategist. 'There are multiple options for a progressive candidate at this point—if that's who you want to elect. And polling is showing that Warren is taking the biggest bite out of Bernie’s base.'"

Kathleen Ronayne and Nicholas Riccardi report for AP that, with Joe Biden's absence, other candidates pounced.

Meanwhile, former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper was booed onstage as he told delegates that "socialism" is not the answer in fighting Donald Trump. Anyway, kiddos, that's why Joe Biden was in Ohio. 

Hickenlooper and Delaney received boos from the delegates when they played to the middle.

Ben Christopher and Elizabeth Castillo report on the courting of delegates by the presidential candidates for CALmatters. 

CAKEDAY after the jump...


Probolsky Research



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Chris Lehane! Whoops, I missed Senator Bob Archuleta's cakeday yesterday!




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